College Libraries, Redirected is a report by Carl Straumsheim that appeared on the Inside HigherED website offering a brief analysis of the Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016. The survey was just released earlier this week and it “builds on findings from the 2013 edition. It shows many library directors are becoming comfortable with the idea that the library may no longer be the starting point for research, and that they are forging ahead with plans to further boost libraries’ ability to support students and faculty members with their teaching, learning and research.”
Straunsheim notes that “the survey, which is based on responses from 722 library deans and directors at nonprofit four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., provides an overview of the academic library landscape at a time when many libraries are renovating, reorganizing and, broadly speaking, rethinking their priorities.” He then continues by discussing a number of the specific findings and quoting observations by Roger C. Schonfeld, director of Ithaka S+R’s library and scholarly communication program.
Anyone interested in the future of college libraries will want to read Straumsheim’s overview before tackling the full survey.